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4 Next-Level Makeup Looks To Learn Now

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    Like the closet staples we reach for over and over again (little black dress, comfy denim, leather jacket), we also have go-to makeup looks for different occasions. Night on the town? We bust out the smoky eye that's just the right mix of sultry and rocker-chic. Overslept for work — again? We swipe on the brightest lipstick in our arsenal and pretend we're not wearing our PJs as a button-down. But recently, we've found ourselves looking for ways to break out of this beauty rut. There's just too much good makeup in the world to not try new things, amirite?

    First things first, we rounded up some inspiration. One source: singer Zara Larsson's interactive music video with Clinique, Lush Life. By interactive, we mean it's basically the grown-up's (or beauty fanatic's) version of "Choose Your Own Adventure," except the adventure you're choosing is Larsson's makeup. And with each lipstick color you select comes an entirely different aesthetic inspired by the shade. It got us thinking — could a pop of color be all we need to take our beauty game to the next level?

    Click through to see how makeup artist Allie Smith put this idea to the test, transforming four of our favorite stand-by looks into something completely new. Because we're not quite ready to say goodbye to our smoky eye altogether.

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    Skin Is In
    A dewy, fresh-faced complexion may be your go-to on days when you've had it with makeup. But when you see what just small touches of color can do to the look, we're willing to bet it gets your heart fluttering a bit.

    To achieve this dewy complexion, get greedy with your facial oil. Apply a generous amount (your skin probably needs more than you think) before your base makeup, then blot off any excess that doesn't fully absorb into the skin.

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    To keep this look feeling soft and new, forgo any base shadow, liner, or heavy mascara. Instead, use a brush to apply a bright- or pastel-blue shadow to just the inner corner of each eye socket, slightly above the inner corner of the eye. You can make this as soft or diffused as you'd like by either blending the color out or by concentrating the pigment in one spot.

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    Next, give your dewy face an equally shiny lip. We used Clinique Pop Oil in Poppy Glow, a coral-tinted oil you can apply to both your lips and your cheeks.

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    When you're done, your skin's glowy, your makeup's on point. That's what we call a win-win in the beauty department.

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    A New Classic
    There are approximately eight billion ways to wear a smoky eye. (That's a scientific fact, people.) So it was only natural we decided to see what a pop of color could add to this trusty favorite.

    To start off this smoke show, use brown eyeliner to shade in each lid, extending the color outward to line up with the tail end of your brow. This acts as a primer, creates a more even distribution of color, and guides the overall shape, says Smith. For a soft, diffused effect, follow up by dusting a matching powder shadow over the area, blending and buffing with a brush.